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What Would You Pay to Watch Dean Elmore Do?

Soliciting seniors’ suggestions for a Class Gift event


It worked before. Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore famously plunged into the Charles River in a tux last spring to coax donations to the Class Gift from the Class of 2011—and a record number contributed. So how might Elmore (SED’87) top that performance next Commencement?

He could swallow a live goldfish. He could run the Boston Marathon. He could shave his head. (Whoops, forget that one.) Candidly, we haven’t run any of these suggestions by the dean, but if you check out the accompanying video, you’ll see the only ideas he’s irrevocably deep-sixed are a river reprise and anything involving death-defying heights.

So now, Class of 2012, it’s your turn: what would you pay to watch the dean do? He and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations (DAR) are inviting seniors to submit ideas on a Class Gift–related exploit by Thanksgiving.

As it was last year, DAR’s target is a hoped-for number of donors—you guessed it: 2,012—rather than a dollar figure. “The Class Gift campaign is really about banding together with the graduating class and starting the alumni tradition of giving back to BU,” says Allie Rowe (GSM’12), manager of student philanthropy programs. “We’ll be focusing on participation rather than dollar amount.” She says Elmore’s support is crucial.

“Having such a passionate dean of students who is willing to do almost anything for the cause has been amazing,” says Rowe.

Seniors earmark their Class Gift donations for the offices and programs of their choice, from athletics to scholarships. Students typically target their particular school or college, according to Rowe, although many chose sports and student organizations as beneficiaries last year.

A higher participation rate also helps the University’s ranking when U.S. News & World Report decides on its yearly ranking of top schools. Last year’s seniors gave $35,000-plus, a figure boosted with another $100,00 from the BU Alumni Council, as promised if the challenge was met.

Don’t send your ideas to us. Instead, email them to dos@bu.edu or do it on Facebook. You can also tweet @BUClassGift or go to the BUniverse video above and leave a comment there.

Rich Barlow

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

24 Comments on What Would You Pay to Watch Dean Elmore Do?

  • Georgi Korobanov on 11.01.2011 at 8:46 am

    take slapshots at Agganis from alumni, students and of course our own hockey players

  • Dulcelina Tanya Cabral on 11.01.2011 at 9:18 am

    I would like to see Dean Elmore propose Idea to have International Student Cuisine day.

    Students from other country make signature dish to raise money for good cause.
    feed the hungry in our community.
    sell food to students, staff, faculty.
    let B.U community taste the talents of some of our students from other county.
    best dish would go to Dining Service Chef to prepare at any B.U event.
    give Chef family receipy to amke dish.

    • Stanley on 11.01.2011 at 8:21 pm

      that would never work

  • Megan Carley on 11.01.2011 at 10:27 am

    How about paying him to act professional. Swallowing a goldfish? Jumping into a river with a tuxedo on? Are you serious? It sounds like he more of a ring leader at a circus then a dean of students. I understand hes funny and he trys to connect with the student body. But if the only way he can solicit a donation is by acting like a clown then I would rather not have that money coming into the school. Students should give donations because of the amazing experience they have at this university. If thats not enough to get a donation then we should seriously rethink how were doing business at BU.

    • Class Gift on 11.01.2011 at 12:17 pm

      The challenge is actually for people to come up with anything they’d like to see happen if we hit the goal – not necessarily things that Dean Elmore will do. We’d love to make an impact, so feel free to contribute some ideas that you think would help us do that! Like you said, there many reasons why students should give, all of which will be shared with students throughout the year – this is just a fun way to kick off the campaign early on in the year. Thanks for your feedback!

    • Stanley on 11.01.2011 at 8:21 pm

      get the h out of here with your negaitivity DEan elmore is a proud man with morals and dignity and did nothing to you so why are you doing something to him? i bet you wouldn’t be tlaking tough like this to his face right?

      • Megan Carley on 11.02.2011 at 3:32 pm

        It has nothing to do with morals and dignity, it has to do with professionalism. And our Dean of Students, with these actions does not show any. Once again it all goes back to student experience. Our students should give back because of the amazing moments theyve had at this university. We should have a faculty that address our needs rather. Elmore should serve the student body and do everything he can for the best overall student experience for donations rather then parading around like a clown for a donation.
        And believe me the first emotion that comes out of me when I see him is laughter not fear Stanley

        • Stanley on 11.02.2011 at 9:04 pm

          well morgan i bet you won’t be laughing when push comes to shove and its you and Dean Elmore in a ring fighting. thank you,

          • Nathan on 11.03.2011 at 3:02 pm

            @ Stanley

            I thinked you crossed as line with your suggestion that professional conduct needs to be defended in a boxing ring.

            If you can’t be respectful, at least have the respect not to threaten violence – even by implication – and remove your post.

            Good manners may be subtle, but they are free. Get some.

        • Floyd on 11.04.2011 at 1:46 pm

          Hey Megan, lighten up. Seriously. We pay $50,000+ a year to go to this school. If you add to that all the fines I have racked up over my four years here I would rather have one of my front teeth pulled than “donate” another dollar. However if Elmore wants to lighten the mood while lightening my accounts let him. Its FUN. If he’s going to do something thats crazy, stupid, or god forbid “unprofessional” thats his perogative. If you want to act all uptight with heir of entitlement and ban all this tom foolery then fill out for a transer and take the B-Line a few more stops to our friendly neighbors in Chestnut Hill

  • Debbie Salvucci on 11.01.2011 at 10:30 am

    Would love to see him being hypnotized.

  • Every Student at BU on 11.01.2011 at 10:43 am

    I already donate $50,000 a year to go to school here.

    He should do it for free.

    • YES on 11.03.2011 at 1:31 am

      hahahahha amen to that

  • Haley on 11.01.2011 at 11:39 am

    He should skydive!

  • anon on 11.01.2011 at 12:33 pm

    I would like to see Dean Elmore participate in Occupy Boston

  • David on 11.01.2011 at 2:25 pm

    Base jump off of Stuvi Two or the Law School; whichever building is safer, I’m not picky.

    • Stanley on 11.01.2011 at 8:21 pm

      too dangerous

  • Gordo from Lizzie McGuire on 11.01.2011 at 8:13 pm

    lol what if he had to like run in the BOSTON MARATHON…ON STILTS. LOL. imagine seeing that, all these people running by and then this one guy on stilts it’d be funny. all the fans watching would be like “WTF?” “whys that guy on stilts?” and he’d prolly get LAST PLACE. lol. thumbs up if you agree.

  • Anon-e-muss on 11.02.2011 at 10:34 am

    I’d pay to have him lead BUWorks – he seems to get things done, clearly knows how to listen and doesn’t seem to bs people.

  • Mick T. on 11.02.2011 at 12:05 pm

    I like to see the Dean eat a whole plate of Nachos at Cornwalls. :)

  • Candi on 11.03.2011 at 9:55 am


    • amc on 11.07.2011 at 10:05 pm

      That would be amazing! or disgusting depending on how you look at it. haha

  • JMHG on 11.03.2011 at 11:52 am

    Cameo in a CFA play.

  • Gonzalo Andrews on 11.03.2011 at 2:18 pm

    Dean Elmore wear a pink bikini and walk down Comm Ave.

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